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Friday, December 18, 2009

I worked from home today. Since I didn't have to travel to work, I got in an extra hour of sleep this morning.. That's a bonus for me.. I guess I should do this once in a while so that I get recharged :) On the whole it was a take it easy day.. I did have some more snacks than usual today.. I blame it on working from home again.. I knew what to do, but didn't control myself.. So the blame should be on me.. But the best part is that I was cautious over dinner and then cut down my night time snacks.. Though I went overboard caloriewise, I think it is a success to not graze in my bed tonight.. And I got some exercise too !!!

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SONPARI1 12/18/2009 11:36PM

    Good you managed to control in the night..

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Mixed Feelings !

Monday, December 14, 2009

Last week went off pretty fast with the family at home.. My brother and his wife visited us and my parents also came down so that we all had a get together.. Thursday was bit hectic and long but since they all left on Friday, we had some time to recharge.. I did set up the Christmas tree with ornaments in it and my dh bought in the lights for it.. So part of the decoration is done.. The wreath is waiting to be fixed in the door... We completed most of our Christmas shopping on Saturday except for a couple items which will be done this week..

This week is also going to be busy with my mom's surgery and my brother's family coming back before they leave the country.. So I guess I'll have to be prepared to balance work and the family.. Since it is my parents and brother, it is not so bad.. If my in-laws were visiting us, then it is a whole different story. I'd be stressed and sick by now.. ;) Yeah.. I think that is how that relationship works !

My cold is better but this cough doesn't seem to subside.. Above all I had a dosage of my cold syrup in the morning and I felt damn drowsy all day at work.. I was desperately looking for help to keep my eyes open.. I did have coffee today instead of my usual milk thinking it might help with the cough and the drowsiness.. I guess it helped atleast with the cough..

OK, now I am catching up on my work.. Need to check off few items in my list before Wednesday evening.. And I know I am going to be pretty busy with the surgery tomorrow.. So I better do things ahead of time and be prepared... I hope my mom's surgery goes well without any complications and she gets recovered soon.. She is bit nervous too and I am trying to put her at ease..

I am not sure how I'll be doing in the areas of food and exercise.. It is going to be eating outside most of the day tomorrow.. May be I'll get back to cooking at home on Wednesday if things go fine..

And I did make it through 20 days of 'No night time eating'.. That is a great achievement for me (touch-wood) and I guess it will become a habit soon and I will not think about snacking in the bed anymore.. Also I have began tracking my food and I see that I am over my calorie range most of the days.. On an average day, I am trying to bring my food intake into my calorie range.. I will have to do lots of homework there.. I need to be able to modify what I eat - reduce the carb intake and increase my protein.. Atleast I have started tracking my food now.. so I know what I am putting inside my mouth.. Need to strive towards a streak of staying within my calorie range next..

Have a good week everyone !!

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SONPARI1 12/15/2009 3:42AM

    Convey my best wishes to your mom...

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BWCAGRL 12/14/2009 9:17AM

    You're making great progress! Life is stressful and you can't be perfect everyday.
Now that you're tracking and know what your calorie range is, go slow in reducing your calories. Don't try to go from 2500 to 1500 right away. Slowly bring yourself down so that you don't feel like you're starving and then 'binge.'

You are doing great and you'll make it!

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JENNNVA 12/14/2009 9:15AM

    Hope everything goes well for you & your Mom tomorrow! Keep us posted emoticon

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ATMANI 12/14/2009 7:58AM


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Down with a cold :(

Monday, December 07, 2009

I had a busy weekend. With guests at home and my mom gone, I had to manage all of them myself.. But at the end it is a rewarding experience.. and one item off of my check-list :)

But now, I am down with a severe cold and head ache.. I am trying all the home remedies I can to get over it so that I don't have to take medicines.. Hope that works! So I am on a take-it-easy mode now and no exercise..

And a great news: I have made it through 14 nights of no eating in the night.. Yes that is 2 weeks in a row.. I guess I am getting closer to making it a habit.. I feel it gets easier with time (touch wood) and I hope I completely get rid of this evil night time grazing habit... I have to bring myself to a habit where if I am eating something junk in the night that means I have it accommodated under my calorie range for the day..

And I am planning to begin another streak from today.. All these days I haven't been doing well with tracking my food intake.. Though I was counting them here and there, I wasn't too honest with it.. So from today I am going to put in my nutrition intake as well into SP. Lets see how that goes. I have been gaining weight these days and I need to be able to find out if the real culprit is my steroid or I am just blaming it on my steroid and eating junk :)

This week is going to be damn busy with more guests.. But my mom will be back for a while and so I don't have to stress too much.. But I need to be able to keep myself healthy and enjoy every moment with them and balance my hectic work schedule.. SO, now I am back to drinking lots of fluids and staying warm..

Take care all !

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SONPARI1 12/7/2009 10:02PM

    Hey congrats on getting over you night grazing habit, way to go! get well soon..

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SAASHA17 12/7/2009 7:37PM

    way to go on the no night time munching...yay U!! yeah moms are big help when it comes to guests and stuff..I always keep telling mom...I need someone to take care of me:(...hehe..i guess u never grow up when mom is around..
take care of that cold...btw my mom's recipe for it- turmeric powder, black pepper powder in hot milk..yeah gross but makes u feel better in a jiffy..:)


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TRIGFROST 12/7/2009 3:46PM

    Hi Lady, hope you get over your cold soon.
You could be in the gaining mucsle stage...Maybe...

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BWCAGRL 12/7/2009 9:40AM

    What a great streak to report! Keep up the great work! Glad you'll have some help again soon...hopefully you'll feel better quickly.

Isn't it amazing how daunting a habit can be, but then how easily one can get past it...just think...two weeks of no night snacking does not seem that long, but you've done it! Way to go!


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CMORISAK 12/7/2009 7:29AM

    Hope you are feeling better soon.

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I made it to 7 days in a row !!!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Yes, I did make it.. I avoided the night grazing temptation for 7 days in a row now.. That is a great achievement for me.. I was about to yield last night, but when my dh came to get a share of the sweet, I just took a small bite and gave away the most part.. For some reason, I didn't go back for another serving or another snack last night.. Thank GOD... So one week now and I hope I can make it to another week and then 21 days and eventually make it a habit to not even think about this night time grazing..

It might get trickier from tonight.. my mom is leaving tonight and I don't have the luxury of sleeping more without worrying about my breakfast or lunch.. I got more time for exercise during the last month when she was around.. But now I have to manage my time more effectively.. Its going to be a challenge, but I know that is the reality and have to make lifestyle changes.. My dh is a picky eater.. pickiest eater I should say.. I haven't seen a guy like him yet.. He doesn't cooperate with my eating at home plan.. He needs to eat out very often.. So these days, I don't join him in eating out, but just let him take a carry-out or eat out when ever he desires.. That way I can atleast avoid the restaurant junk and not get addicted to those food like he is.. I need to work on eventually getting him out of it too, but for now my late evening work schedule prevents me from preparing dinner in the evening and he doesn't eat food that is precooked and stored.. So now you know how picky a guy he is :(

Its December 1 today and I haven't gotten any exercise yet.. Not so bad food wise, but I am in no mood for exercising.. Feeling bit tired and down now.. I just wanted to get home, have dinner and slash into bed.. May be tomorrow will be a better day.. and I can fit in atleast 20 minutes exercise everyday this month.. or atleast 10 minutes? I have been gaining so much with this steroid and I need to badly stop this upward trend.. I need to get down atleast 6 pounds to where I was before beginning the steroid.. Sounds bit depressing... My clothes are getting fitter and my new clothes are getting bigger.. I hope I don't go over this.. I am struggling badly to get rid of the excess fat.. My arms and thighs started getting loose and they really show up.. My cheeks are getting chubbier and all my friends and colleagues recognize the weight gain and enquire about it.. I need to badly stop this.. right here..

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BWCAGRL 12/2/2009 8:52AM

    Keep up the great made it 7 days which is a big accomplishment! You CAN do it!
One step at a time!

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YEAHBUTNOBUTT 12/1/2009 7:01PM

    Awesome! Well done. I've been struggling on that myself this week too. Lots of cleaning has gotten done as a distraction.... the place has never looked so clean and shiny!

Keep up the great work! emoticon

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*MADHU* 12/1/2009 11:14AM

    emoticonon the 7-day streak ! Keep going !

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GEMGODDESS 12/1/2009 9:39AM

    Organization and sleep are TOTALLY key for me! If I don't stay super organized, my whole plan falls apart. I pack my lunch at night, etc.

Congrats on the 1 week free of late night snacks! You can do it.! When I was trying to break that habit before it helped me to brush my teeth and use strong mouthwash after dinner. Made food (especially sweets) taste funny anyway. =)

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NATTIEGAL82 12/1/2009 9:14AM

    Hey congratulations on the temptation bit and sorry u feel so low today! Totally with u about the managing time more effectively - For dinner maybe you cut the vegetables etc in the morning and just put together things in the evening or look for recipes that are quick to cook. and i can imagine how tough it must be not to dig into all the "outside" food ur husband is getting in. Coincidentally i blogged abt something similar just 45 mins before u!

With regard to not feeling like exercising - while i am new here and dont know if its ok - i recommend go home, get some rest (let the hubby order in), get some light to eat and go to sleep.! u will feel better and oh a hot shower sometimes can make u feel good!

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Night grazing!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I have been doing this for the past few weeks now... I don't wake up from bed to eat after I sleep.. but I eat lots of junk in the bed before I sleep.. I have dinner in the night and then this craving begins and my mind is full of food.. I used to hide and eat previously, but now I openly began eating in front of my dh.. he laughs at me at times.. he encourages me to sleep soon so that I don't fall into the craving.. But the past few days, I could not overcome that temptation and I yielded to it.. failed miserably and I have been grazing every single day... But the best thing about eating infront of my dh is that I don't graze mindlessly, I stop somewhere.. If I'd hide and eat, I'd really do worse.. (But anyways, this is no excuse for night time eating).. I just desperately need that dessert or snack in the night before I go to bed... My mind is thinking about food - what can I eat - this or that?.. whatever I do, my thoughts are around food during that time.. I may play Solitaire, but I'll be thinking of food.. I may be working or catching up on emails, or even reading posts in SP, but I still need that snack.. Does any of you have this problem? If so what do you do to overcome this?

May be I should just slash into bed to see if I can overcome it tonight.. I am planning to take one day at a time..

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RUNNINGAGAIN12 11/27/2009 8:15AM

    Apparenetly lots of us have this problem. Thanks so much for sharing in your blog and all the tips that everyone has shared for beating it. I know that if I could overcome this problem, I'd get to my goal weight---FINALLY!

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TOLOOSE40 11/25/2009 4:03AM

  I have the same issue so I have started to carry an orange to bed and start peeling it as soon as we switch on the TV. By the time I peel and start munching, the craving reduces and the sweetness of the orange also satisfies my sweet truth. I have also taken a bunch of grapes and they suit me very well.
Somehow, apples or pears have never satisfied me much for a snack at night because they just are not sweet enough for me.

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YEAHBUTNOBUTT 11/24/2009 7:15PM

    I am terrible for snacking. I have had to go to the extremes of having nothing snackable in the house except fruit and raw veg. Even things like granola bars I have to stop buying because I can't control myself.
If I know I have eaten enough I will make a fruit tea to take the edge off, otherwise it's just me and my bag of oranges!
So far so good

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ATMANI 11/24/2009 9:04AM

    Sometimes I do get hungry at night. I simply lie down on my stomach for a few minutes (naukaasana or some yoga posture). Give it a try and see if it works for you.

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BWCAGRL 11/24/2009 8:43AM

    Good advice from others. I would add to drink more water and fill up on water during the day and keep drinking in the evening. I drink about 70 oz. of water in a day and that helps fight cravings. If I'm craving a night-time snack I drink water first and then decide if I'm actually hungry or just wanting a snack. Usually the water fills me up and I don't eat.
And yes...get the snacks out of the house!

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NIXFROMTHEBLOC 11/24/2009 6:23AM

    i think about food all day so dont feel alone. Im always cravings something even if I have just eaten. You learn to just live with it. Its not easy. I go to bed early to avoid the night time eating and then get up 04:30 and head to the gym

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SONPARI1 11/24/2009 6:07AM

    Hmm, have you ever pondered if its emotional eating or boredom eating? If yes, then you may have to find ways to work on it. Try reducing the snack by half or quarter and stash it away from your eyes. The best solution is to not stock things that you don't want to eat.

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